Review: The Viper by Kele Moon
(Untamed Hearts #1)
Marcos Rivera is a fighter. A gang member. Someone who has seen the dark side of humankind and survived. He has lost family and gained enemies. He has stolen cars and destroyed hearts, stripping one for money and the other for pleasure. His past is haunted and his future is bleak.
Katie Foster is a high school history teacher. Smart, strong, and sexy. She is a woman Marcos shouldn’t want. Shouldn’t touch. Shouldn’t love. He met her in Garnet, a backwards, hick town that’s the last place in the world he wants to be, but he finds himself going back, all for a taste of the forbidden.
Katie represents all that is good in the world, and Marcos knows he’s nothing but trouble for her perfect life. He fights and he screws. He commits crimes and he breaks the rules. He will never change and he will never escape his gang lifestyle.
Or can he?
What happens when two different people from two very different walks of life risk it all by giving into the passion that threatens to consume both of them? Can a woman who only knows how to play it safe give her heart to a man who lives hard and loves harder?
Can she survive The Viper?
I just recently finished the Battered Hearts series which is the precursor to this series. I’ve been looking forward to continuing on in Ms. Moon’s MMA fighter world. I knew that some of the younger characters we met in the Battered Hearts series would be the focus of this series, Untamed Hearts.
The Viper (aka Marcos) was a new character to the overall arc. But his connection to the series was not new – he’s Chu’s cousin. They were raised in the same household and were raised like brothers.
Marcos seemed to be having bad luck everywhere he went. Which wasn’t unlike our heroine, Katie. Their outlooks on life were a major component of their attitude towards what life threw at them.
Marcos had come to terms that he was going to die at a young age because of the activities he was involved in. To him, it was a way of life. Katie was the forbidden fruit. She didn’t have demons that caused her restless nights and made her hard. Even the bad luck things that happened to her didn’t phase her. She was resolute on being kind and seeing the best in each situation.
Don’t get me wrong, Katie could be just as crazy as Marcos in her decision making but that added to her charm. One of my favorite quotes about Marcos and Katie came from his cousin, Chuito.
“Dealing with both of you is like trying to harness two hurricanes.”
THE VIPER is the first book in Untamed Hearts series. This series is a spinoff series from the Battered Hearts series which is filled with UFC fighters. These are the younger guys we got to meet in that series. I’m looking forward to the next book because it’s Chuito and I’ve been curious about him since the previous series.
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